Joyce Sims, an R&B singer-songwriter, has passed away at the age of 63, and many have paid tribute to her. She passed away on 15 October 2022. By the late ’80s, Sims was a household name thanks to her hit track Come Into My Life, which charted in the top 10 in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
Her debut track, titled “All and All,” peaked at #6 on the US dance chart and #20 on the UK singles chart. Sims, a musician from from Rochester, New York, was scheduled to release an album and go on tour in the United Kingdom this summer.
On social media, her relatives broke the news of her passing. Those representing Sims have been contacted by The Guardian.
Debbie Sims Hall, one of Sims’ sisters, described the late singer as “a beautiful soul inside and out” who “will truly be missed”.
SoulTracks publisher Chris Rizik praised Sims as a “great talent who sang, wrote and played for us for more than three decades”. He went on to say, “The music world will mourn the passing of this multifaceted talent whose impact on music was even greater than the mass popularity that she achieved over the past three and a half decades.”
One of Sims’ sisters, Annette Ramsey, posted that, “my heart is broken” and added on Facebook: “I will always remember the happy times we’ve shared, the love and support you have given me will not go in vain. I Love you Big Sis RIP.”
With the support of his devoted UK audience, Sims was able to release hit singles including “Lifetime Love,” “Walk Away,” and “Looking for a Love.” Snoop Dogg, Angie Stone, and Randy Crawford are just a few of the famous musicians that have sampled or covered her work.
Edward Adoo, a BBC radio host, recalled hearing “part of my youth on specialty and afternoon radio” in episodes of “All and All” and “Come Into My Life.” Furthermore, he said, “Very awful news to wake up to… Joyce was a major player in the soul music community. And may she finally find peace.
Singer Loretta, who has collaborated with the Happy Mondays, Gorillaz, and Swedish House Mafia, posted “RIP Joyce Sims” alongside a video of the 1987 single Come Into My Life.
In a recent post, music critic Pete Paphides lamented, “Sad news. One of the best collaborations of their time was between Joyce Sims and Kurtis Mantronik, who brought out the best in her gorgeous lyrics and achingly open voice while injecting irrepressible joy into the sound. To me, these songs have always seemed like puppy love being acted out amidst alien invasion machinery and milkshakes.
Ex-England and Liverpool player Stan Collymore chimed in, “Happy memories of All and All on repeat on my Sony Walkman getting the bus to Walsall FC as an apprentice every morning. Thank you for the music Joyce, may you rest in peace.”
Sims and her husband, Errol, raised their two children in New Jersey.
Close Knit Household
Earlier this year, Sims talked about growing up with five siblings in a “close-knit” household in an interview. Her father was a machinist for Kodak, while her mother oversaw the kitchen at the family restaurant.
Sims said “money was tight” when she was a child but that her family had “everything we needed, and some of the things we wanted”.
The title tune from her 1987 first album, Come Into My Life, topped the charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom. This year, she added, “When that record came out, a lot of my ambitions and aspirations came true.”
I would abolish hunger and homelessness,” Sims replied when asked what she would do if she were UK chancellor in the interview. For that reason, I propose allocating more money to groups that help the UK’s poorest families. I would work to ensure that everyone has enough to eat and abolish poverty.
“In my opinion, no one in the UK – or the United States – should be hungry or homeless. If everyone were able to have a home and not worry about food, I believe they would live a more productive life – and the world would be a better place.”